Associate Director of Admission
Centre College (KY)
What drew you to the admission field?
Like so many who find their way into college admission work, it wasn’t actually a career plan. It was an opportunity to do something that sounded like fun for a couple of years while I figured out what the next step would be. I actually aspired to be an actor and gave that a go for a few years, but ultimately decided that was not what I needed to do. So, honestly, I found myself working in college admission almost by default. But the longer I did it, the more rewarding it became.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Far and away, my favorite thing is getting to know new people almost daily, whether it’s high school students or their parents, or professional school counselors that I haven’t met yet. And, particularly with students and their families, giving them information or advice that might be useful is awfully satisfying.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
On the most basic level, the information and ideas NACAC makes available online and through sessions and workshops at the annual conference have certainly been valuable in helping me get better at my job from the day-to-day details to planning big projects. But the most helpful thing, and probably the thing that has truly led to the most professional growth, has been the connections I’ve been able to make and nurture with other admission and counseling professionals. At this point, I’m really comfortable making a call or sending an email to ask questions or just bounce ideas off friends and colleagues all over the country and beyond. And the thing that surprises me the most is that some of the individuals I’ll reach out to today are people I didn’t know very well, or maybe at all, 3 or 4 years ago. I’ve been at this for a pretty long time now, and I’m still making new connections. I don’t think that would be happening if not for NACAC and the Kentucky affiliate.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I think it’s a lack of sufficient funding for public secondary schools that results in counselor-to-student ratios that are way out of whack. If all students had access to good college counseling (and all the other support and information school counselors provide), the job would be so much easier – on both sides of the desk.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I like to exercise just enough to convince myself that I’m marginally athletic. Reading is good and I love movies. I’m a pretty big football fan as well – college or pro.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
My geeky-ness will be on full display here, but I’d have to go with Captain America because, well, why wouldn’t I want to be that guy. Having the courage of one’s convictions the way he does is something worth aspiring to. Also, big arms, small waist.
Describe yourself in five words.
All-in for learning experiences.
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